You know that episode of Black Mirror where an unsuspecting teen is filmed watching porn through a hacked webcam, and then blackmailed into (spoiler) robbing a bank and murdering somebody, just so the hacker wouldn’t leak his information to his family? Turns out that sci-fi episode’s plotline is heavy on the “science” and pretty light on “fiction.“
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On September 1, a Miami-Dade County Police detective walked into Kareta Kafe on SW 40th Street in West Dade, and sat down at the bar. He ordered a beer, which the bartender happily handed over.
He then ordered $20 worth of cocaine, and the bartender gave him that, too.
Let’s get this over with: The photo above is real, the man is alive, and his name is Carlos Rodriguez. He is 31 years old and goes by the nickname “Half Head,” and the reason is obvious. Half Head lives in Miami and got into a car accident when he was high some years ago. This forced doctors to remove part of his brain and then fuse his skull back together.
So, without a full brain, Half Head seems to have issues with impulse control and can’t keep himself out of trouble. Today he’s back in jail.
This past Sunday, a tourist from New York was gunned down on Ocean Drive around 7 a.m., just as South Beach was waking up. Shot two times outside iconic sidewalk restaurant News Cafe, the young man was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Yesterday morning, Miami Beach Police identified the victim as Lavon B. Walker — a 30-year-old community activist who spent the last years of his life working to end gun violence in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Beer theft is a pretty great racket. You steal beer, and then you drink it. It’s simple, it works, and even if you go to jail, your fellow inmates will probably treat you like a hero.
Miami’s most feared cerveza crook saw his reign of terror end today, though. Because the Miami Police Department very clearly has its priorities in order, MPD announced this afternoon that it has arrested a “notorious beer bandit,” just in time to protect South Florida’s very vulnerable stashes of Labor Day booze from getting seized. Here’s to the labor movement!
Facebook friend requests from strangers almost always turn out to be bad news. In the best-case scenario, some weird guy from Turkmenistan insults your sister’s prom photos. In the worst-case: Someone creates a fake account, discovers hidden info about your past, and then threatens to release that information or kill you if you don’t pony up thousands of dollars.
That’s exactly what a former FIU student did to an anonymous California college student who had a secret past as a porn star. Now, the FIU student is headed to prison after trying to use that info to extort tens of thousands of dollars.
In June 2015, federal authorities say the California student, listed only as “S.B.” in court records, received a strange friend request from a former U.S. Marine named “Giovani.” But when S.B. accepted Giovani’s friend request, things turned ugly: “Giovani” was actually a 23-year-old Florida International University criminal-justice student named Kassandra Cruz, who’d discovered that S.B. had secretly dabbled in porn years ago.
Cruz immediately began to threaten her: She’d expose that secret to S.B.’s family and employer, she promised — and even threatened to kill her — unless S.B. coughed up $100,000.
When the U.S. Marshals issued an arrest warrant for Anibal Mustelier back in 1995, Mustelier had a thick head of bushy brown hair sprouting atop his head. His face was unblemished, and light stubble gave his face a youthful glow.
After Mustelier, 66, was arrested on Sunday, his latest mugshot shows that his hair has faded to gray, and his goatee has turned shades of salt and pepper. His cheeks have sunken, and wrinkles snake across his forehead.
He had, after all, spent 26 years in hiding, after working as an alleged “contract killer” and hitman for Colombian drug cartels, including Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. Some even linked Mustelier, also known as “The Ghost,” to Fidel Castro himself.
According to a 2001 Sun-Sentinel report, Mustelier was “feared even by the toughest drug smugglers of Miami’s Cocaine Cowboy days, but at the same time he was an esteemed professional.”
But according to arrest reports obtained by New Times, Hialeah police finally caught the 5’4″ Mustelier after police say he was caught executing a bungled armed robbery on a Hialeah bank.
This morning, a man riding through a fairly empty area of Homestead, Florida — a farming community Just southwest of Miami — pulled his horse to a screeching halt. He called Laurie Waggoner, director of branch operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SPCA, and said he had found something awful.
“He saw the remains of a horse,” Waggoner tells New Times. “He said it was badly decomposed.” It was the second horse found slaughtered in Homestead in as many days, leading Waggoner and the SPCA to draw one frightening conclusion: “Someone’s stealing horses and butchering them,” she says.
This has been YesJulz’s year. With the exception of DJ Khaled, YesJulz (real name Julieanna Goddard, 26), is the biggest social-media star in America right now not named “Kardashian.” After getting her start promoting events for South Beach clubs such as LIV and Story, she now spends her time Snapchatting from parties while jet-setting around the world, leading the New York Times to call her “Snapchat Royalty” in June.
The minute she reached the top, it seems her competitors are already trying to tear her down: Miami Beach Police say they arrested two Broward County residents after they allegedly stole and/or hacked YesJulz’s all-powerful cell phone, found nude photos and videos on it, and then tried to extort $18,000 from her, lest they release those photos to the public.
Dear non-Miami residents: This city is trying to move on from its days as the nation’s drug-crime capital. We’ve built an entirely new, “hip” neighborhood miles from the beach, where the world’s best visual artists visit every December. We’re trying to invest in startups. We even might ban liquor sales on Ocean Drive after 2 a.m.
But damn if our decades-long Colombian drug-cartel habit isn’t hard to kick. Case in point: Last week, the U.S. government filed paperwork in the Southern District of Florida to seize a $600,000 propeller plane allegedly used to run “multi-kilogram shipments of cocaine” between Colombia, Panama, the Caribbean, and the United States on behalf of famed — and currently incarcerated — drug lord Daniel Barrera Barrera.